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Legendary Mekong - Upstream

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Legendary Mekong - Upstream

From Saigon to Siem Reap

From October 2017 to april 2018

MEKONG

Aboard the RV Mekong Prestige II - 8 days / 7 nights

The Mekong is a legend, a universe where water is the engine of life. A sort of a link between China, Laos, Cambodia ans Vietnam. From Saigon to the Temples of Angkor, our Mekong cruises will gradually introduce you to this world so far away and so close at the same time.


 

ITINERARY

 Day 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) - MY THO (Lunch & Dinner on board)

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Transfer from Saigon to My Tho in the morning. The transfer includes a stop at the Cholon Market and visit to a lacquer factory. Arrival in My Tho and welcome on board the R/V MEKONG PRESTIGE II. Welcome Dinner on board & traditional Music Show.

Day 2 : CAI BE - SA DEC (All meals on board)

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Arrival at Cai Be in the morning. After breakfast we take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to visit a fl oating market and go ashore to see the French Gothic Cathedral. Take a stroll along the river bank, visit a local manufacturer producing rice paper and coconut sweets. Return to the ship for lunch. Cruise past Vinh Long Province to arrive at Sa Dec for an afternoon walk. Visit a Caodaist Temple and stroll through the colorful local market. Night navigation through the Delta.

Day 3 : TAN CHAU, border crossing (All meals on board)

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Arrival at Tan Chau in the morning. After breakfast, transfer on small boats to visit a fi shing farm. We go ashore to visit a local workshop producing woven mats, and take a short walk in the village to visit a silk weaving workshop. Depart for the Cambodian border.

Day 4 : PHNOM PENH (All meals on board)

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Arrival in Phnom Penh in the morning. Visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. Lunch on board. Afternoon excursion to the former High School “S21”, followed by a visit to Wat Phnom after which the city was named. Traditional Khmer Apsara Dancing Show on board.

Day 5 : KOH CHONG - PHNOM PENH (All meals on board)

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Early morning sailing from Phnom Penh to Koh Chong. Visit this silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure and a visit to the local workshop. The excursion also includes a visit to a Pagoda and a meeting in a primary school to chat with pupils.

Day 6 : OUDONG - KAMPONG TRALACH (All meals on board)

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Morning journey upriver heading towards Oudong. Arrival at Oudong in the early afternoon. We see the Vipassana Dhura Pagoda, a place of meditation for Buddhist Monks. After the visit buses depart for Kampong Tralach to visit the very charming Vihara of the Wat Kampong Leu Pagoda dating back to the last century to see the beautiful wall paintings. Return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage.

Day 7 : KAMPONG CHHNANG (All meals on board)

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Morning sailing on the Tonle Sap River. Arrive at Kampong Chhnang. Then board local boats to visit the authentic floating village. We go ashore to stroll through the scenic market. Lunch & Dinner on board.

Day 8 : TONLE LAKE - SIEM REAP (Breakfast on board)

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We cross the lake early in the morning* (Please note that when there is low water, the transfer to Siem Reap will be made by bus or speed boat). Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to hotel in Siem Reap.

 

SHIP

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Length: 68 m
Width: 13 m     
Draft: 1.6 m
3 Decks: Main, Upper & Sun
Cabin: 32 doubles
Crew: 30     
Flag: Vietnam
Passenger’s capacity: 64
Panoramic restaurant on Upper Deck can accommodate 70 guests
Spa with 2 Massage Salons
Fitness Room

 

 

The Cabins


 
Cabins are roomy and comfortable. They are all outside and spread over two Decks, Main & Upper Decks.
The 28 Staterooms (14 on each Deck) have a surface area of 20 m² (215 Sq. Ft). They are all equipped with private balcony, large windows with sliding glass doors.
Cabin amenities: twin beds that can be put together, wardrobe and storable space; lounge with sofa, coffee table and a writing desk. Ensuitebathroom with shower, Toilet and sink. Hair Dryer and Safe are also available. Air conditioning and climate control are individually adjustable.
The 2 Junior Suites are located on the Main Deck. They have the same facilities as the staterooms but with a larger private balcony, and they are endowed with a Queen Bed and a larger sofa. The bathroom has a shower and a separated Whirlpool bathtub.  They have a surface area of 24 m² (258 Sq. Ft).
The 2 Terrace Suites are on the Upper Deck. They also have a larger sofa and a larger private balcony, shower and separated whirlpool bathtub. They have a surface area of 26 m² (280 Sq. Ft).

Life on board


 
The Sun Deck covers the entire surface of the top Deck and is commanding a splendid view onto the River. The Sun Deck is equipped with deckchairs and a whirl pool. The indoor area has 2 Massage Salons, an indoor lounge bar and a Fitness Room.

DATES & RATES

SAIGON - SIEM REAP

October 5 to 12, 2017 (Low season)
October 19 to 26, 2017 (Low season)
November 2 to 9, 2017
November 16 to 23, 2017
November 30 to December 7, 2017
December 14 to 21, 2017
December 28 to January 04,  2018 (Low Season)
January 11 to 18, 2018
January 25 to February 01, 2018
February 08 to 15, 2018
February 22 to March 01, 2018
March 08 to 15, 2018
March 22 to 29, 2018
April 5 to 12, 2018 (Low Season)
  • PUBLIC RATES IN EURO PER PASSENGER SHARING A DOUBLE CABIN
  • CABIN CATEGORY - DECK Low Season High Season
  • Stateroom Cabin on Main Deck 1 690€ 1 930€
  • Stateroom Cabin on Upper Deck 1 850€ 2 060€
  • Junior Suite on Main Deck 2 090€ 2 290€
  • Terrace Suite on Upper Deck 2 470€ 2 670€
  • Single Occupancy on Main Deck (upon request) 2 890€ 3 350€
  • PUBLIC RATES IN DOLLAR PER PASSENGER SHARING A DOUBLE CABIN
  • CABIN CATEGORY - DECK Low Season High Season
  • Stateroom Cabin on Main Deck 1 690$ 1 930$
  • Stateroom Cabin on Upper Deck 1 850$ 2 060$
  • Junior Suite on Main Deck 2 190$ 2 290$
  • Terrace Suite on Upper Deck 2 470$ 2 670$
  • Single Occupancy on Main Deck (upon request) 2 890$ 3 350$

 

  • INCLUDED IN PRICE
    NOT INCLUDED
  • Upstream transfers from the Sofitel Plaza hotel in Saigon to the ship in My Tho on day 1 and from the ship to Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort hotel on day 8
    Downstream transfers from Siem Reap Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel on day 1 to the ship and from My Tho to Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Saigon on day 8.
    Full board in the selected category of the R/V Mekong Prestige II
    All meals from Lunch on Day 1 until Breakfast on Day 8
    Drinks on board : Mineral Water, non-alcoholic beverages, local beers and local wine during meals
    On board tips/gratuities
    All excursions and entrance fees with English speaking guide as per included excursions in the itinerary
    The services of an English-speaking Cruise Director
    Port taxes
    Overseas flights
    Beverages other than those mentioned above
    Tipping/gratuities for land services
    Visa arrangements
    Insurance

 

LIFE ON BOARD

Air conditioning

Your cabin has its own air-conditioning unit, which can be adjusted. You are kindly requested to lower its position when leaving the cabin. All public spaces on the vessel are air-conditioned.

Announcements/PAS

The ship is equipped with a Public Address System which works throughout the vessel. Arrival and departure times as well as shore excursion departure times and any changes occurring in the daily program will be announced.

Bar

The Saigon Bar is in the main lounge, located on top deck and is open every day from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm

Beverages

All local beverages such as soft drinks, water, beer, coffee & tea are complimentary in Saigon bar and in the restaurant during meal times. Local wines will be served at will at Lunch & Dinner only. All imported beverages (spirits, liquors, wines, mineral waters as well as Cappuccino & Expresso) and fruit cocktails will be charged. A complimentary daily cocktail will be served in briefing time

Boutique/Shop

A shop is available opposite the front office and is offering a wide range of basic items and souvenirs.

Bubble bath pool

It is located on the Sun Deck.

Cabin amenities and toiletries

All cabins have own private balcony. There are individual air conditioning, mini-safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, writing desk and amenities include hair dryer, bath robe, slippers in each cabin. Please dial 200 should you need any services. Please hang the cabin service sign outside your cabin when leaving so that our staff can attend you better, and hang the do not disturb sign if you desire privacy. Shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap is available in your bathroom.

Climate and weather conditions

Cambodia and Vietnam enjoy a tropical climate, hot and moist. The cool dry season runs from November to late March, the temperatures are around 30° Celsius/86° Fahrenheit and have low amplitude.

Communication and internet

Two computers are at disposal in the Saigon lounge and a free wireless connection is available. However, the connectivity may be in some places unstable and slow.

Daily schedule and program

A printed daily program of the following day will be put in your cabin during dinner time. For your convenience, it is also posted on the bulletin board at the Reception desk.

Dining

Breakfast & Lunch are served on buffet. Dinner is served in a one sitting service. The cuisine is a European influenced local food.

Dress code

Dress code is informal. We advise you to bring cotton garments comfortable and practical. Do not forget wool jacket, waterproof light, walking shoes for excursions, bathing suit, sunglasses and sun hat and sunscreen products.

Electricity

All outlets are 220 V, continental European format. The outlet in your bathroom is convertible to 110 V and is to be used for electric shavers only. A converter and an adapter are needed for all other 110 V appliances used in your cabin.

Excursions

Group shore excursions are organized every day and will be accompanied by a tour guide. Details of these excursions are posted on the daily schedule. Passengers should collect their boarding pass when disembarking and return the cards so that we know if anyone is missing.

Fitness facilities and area

A gym is located near the Indoor bar Lounge and the use of this facility is free of charge

Food safety and hygiene

Special sterilized water is used for cooking and food preparation onboard.

Footwear

Slippers are provided for your comfort aboard. At certain times the river banks can be muddy and therefore slippery or dusty and we ask you to remove your footwear when returning on board so that we can clean your shoes.

Health and vaccination

No vaccinations are required. It is advisable to follow an anti-malaria treatment. Please contact your own GP or Doctor for the prescription. There is no Doctor on board. However, in case of emergency, local medical stations are within reach on landNo vaccination is required.

Language

English & French are official language on board on the Mekong Prestige I; English & German on the Mekong Prestige II.

Laundry

A regular on board laundry service is available to passengers and a price list and Laundry bag have been placed in each cabin. If you wish to use this service, please place items in the laundry bag provided and leave them in your cabin. They will be picked up by your cabin steward and returned the next day. Dry cleaning is not possible on the ship.

Library

There is a small library located in the Saigon Lounge. Please return the book after reading.

Massage

Two massage salons are available at Sun Deck (extra services). Please contact the reception to book these services.

Money matters

The currency used on board is the USD ($). The Vietnamese Dong is also accepted. The Purser will be happy to give you any exchange rate information you may need. You are advised to bring with you notes in small denomination. Credit cards are also taken on board (Visa & MasterCard). All on-board expenses will be charged to your shipboard account and settled at the end of the cruise (in USD or Credit card).

Payment and shipboard account

All passengers have a Shipboard Account. Upon embarkation, an account is automatically opened for your convenience so that you can charge all shipboard expenses. All onboard charges are in USD ($). Please note that only bills with an amount over 25 $ can be settled by credit card and Amex is not taken on board. The local currencies are the Vietnam Dong and the Cambodian Riel.

Questionnaire

Before the end of the cruise, you will be given a questionnaire. You are kindly requested to take the time to fill it in. Your comments are important to us.

Reception desk

Located on the Upper Deck, the Reception Desk is open 24 hours a day

Smoking policy

For the safety and comfort of our passengers, all enclosed public areas as well as cabins, are strictly non-smoking. Smoking is only possible on Sun Deck. Please never throw any cigarette butts overboard.

Time difference

Cambodia & Vietnam Standard Time Zone is: UTC/GMT + 7 hours

Safety and security

When in port a 24 hour watch is kept on the gangplank controlling access to the ship. All cabins have a combination type safe.

Tipping

Tips for the crew and the staff are included in your on-board package. We leave to your own appreciation tips for guides and drivers during excursions. We recommend a whole amount of $ 30 per passenger for the ashore tipping.

Towels

Towels are available on the Sun Deck and will be graciously delivered by the Bar attendant.

Visitors

For security reasons, visitors are not allowed on board.
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